Getting Dental Implants in India: What Does Dentistry in India Cost?

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Have you ever considered having treatment such as dental implants in India? As well having one of the largest English speaking populations in the world, dental tourism in India is growing due to the highly skilled dentists and extremely reasonable prices.

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Dental implants in India are cheaper than in the US

Going to the dentist in India might seem like a challenging task, but there are many benefits to making the trip. Here we’ll go through some things you need to consider before deciding about any kind of dental work in India, including:

  • What to look for when searching for a dentist in India
  • The benefits of dentistry in India
  • The different treatments available and their costs
  • Why you may want to choose India as your dental tourism destination
  • The details you need to take care of before you travel

This guide should have all of the information you’ll need to find the best dentist in India for your needs.

Why do dental tourism in India?

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Dentists in India are well trained and regulated

Although India might not be the first country a lot of people think of when looking at going abroad for dental work, there are some great benefits to dental tourism in India, including getting dental implants in India – or any other dental work. Some of those benefits include:

  • A regulated training system with a minimum of five years of study
  • Dentists that likely studied in English
  • A large part of the population being English speakers
  • Great value for money

Dental colleges are regulated by the Dental Council of India. This organization monitors, inspects and licenses all of the 32 government schools as well as the 252 private colleges.

When selecting a dentist you should ask about their qualifications. Every dentist will have a Bachelors of Dental Surgery (BDS) and if they have a specialism they will have a Masters of Dental Surgery (MDS). It’s perfectly normal for you to check the qualifications of your dentist and they should be very happy to tell you where they studied.

The price of dental work in India is significantly cheaper than in the US. This is due to the much lower cost of living and cost of running a business, rather than a difference in standards. For some treatments you can pay up to 90% less than in the US; we’ll give more information about prices a little later on.

How to find the best dentist in India

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There are many cities to choose from for dental implants in India

Finding a good dentist in any foreign country can be tough, but choosing a place to get dental implants in India might be a little easier than most countries, thanks to the high standard of English that you’ll encounter.

First, you can start to think about the city that you want to go to for your treatment. Would you like to plan a holiday around your dental treatment in India, or just get the work done and go home? Below is information on some of the most popular destinations for dental tourism in India.

Mumbai

Mumbai has a reputation as an international healthcare destination. It has some of the best dentistry colleges in India as well, so you know you will be in good hands.

The city is famed for the Bollywood movie industry as well as its medicine and dentistry, so there are plenty of high-quality hotels and restaurants. There is also colonial-era architecture and national parks not too far away to keep you busy between appointments.

Bengaluru

Formerly named Bangalore, this city also boasts some of the top medical and dental colleges in the whole of India. It is famous for being the technology center of India and has a wealthy population that demands good quality healthcare.

While waiting for your dental implants to be made, you can explore the city. It’s full of colonial-era architecture, parks and gardens, and plenty of museums.

Goa

Famed for its relaxed beaches, off the west coast of the mainland is the island of Goa. It’s one of the most popular tourist destinations in India and there are plenty of great dentists that serve Western patients.

Goa would be a good destination for getting veneers or dental implants in India. Since you may have to wait a week or two for your implants or veneers to be ready, you can spend some time on the beach and enjoy the various local cultural activities.

Dental tourism in India

Once you have an idea of where you want to visit for your dental treatment, you need to choose how you want to arrange it. There are two main options: you can organize everything yourself, or book your trip through an agent.

The following information will help you decide which option will work best for you:

  • Self-planned trip: If you are a confident traveler and don’t get too nervous at the dentist this could be the option for you. You’ll need to arrange insurance, payments and transport for yourself, although many clinics offer free airport pickup and hotel-clinic transfers when you book with them. Clinics may also offer to book local accommodation on your behalf.
  • Dental tourism agency: Using an agent can take the hassle out of going on a vacation to visit the dentist. They will book everything for you, including flights and accommodation. They normally handle payments to the clinic, and will make sure you are looked after if you have surgery like implants when you visit India.

Dental implants cost in India

The prices of dental procedures in India can vary, mainly depending on the location you choose to visit. If you are booking through an agency, it might be worth exploring which cities have great value dentists if your budget is tight.

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The cost of dental implants in India is low, even while offering the best equipment

In general, prices are very reasonable considering you’ll get a high level of treatment and care. Most dentists have consultation fees of just a few dollars to get started, or offer an initial consultation for free!

How much do veneers cost in India?

Veneers in India cost between $110 and $200, while in the US the average cost is $900. That’s around 80% in savings!

How much does a tooth crown cost in India?

Dental crowns are way cheaper in India than in the US; they range from $70 to $200, while in the US they come in at a whopping $1,200. That’s around 90% cheaper. 

How much does a root canal cost in India?

A root canal in India costs between $90 and $120, whereas in the US it averages $750. 

How much does a tooth implant cost in India?

Single and full dental implant costs in India are significantly lower than those in the US. We have a separate detailed guide to dental implants, which includes some information about what you can expect to pay in different parts of the country. The average price in the US for implants is around $4,000 per tooth, whereas the dental implant cost in India is around $440–$820 per tooth.

Here is a table which gives an idea of what some popular dental treatments in India cost:

Veneers Crown Root canal Implant
$110–200 $70–$200 $90–$120 $440–$820

 

Important things to consider about dentistry in India

Before you book to get dental in India, or anywhere else, you need to think about certain practicalities.

Insurance

As mentioned earlier, it’s important that you have the right insurance for your trip. Regular travel insurance policies don’t normally cover planned medical treatment so check your policy and find one to cover your needs. Even if you need to claim for something unrelated to your dental treatment in India, by having received treatment your policy could be invalid.

Visas

You also need to apply for the right visa before you travel. For US citizens, according to the US Passport Service Guide, you can get a medical visa if you are seeking medical treatment in India. Any supporting documents that you need should be provided by your dentist in India. Here is the link for visa application, including for medical visas.

Making payments

Payment is something else that you need to think about. Card payments by Visa and Mastercard aren’t quite as common as at home so check with your chosen dentist if they take card payments, and what the extra charges might be. If you use a dental tourism agent, make sure you are clear on what you are and aren’t paying for, in order to avoid nasty surprises.

Reviews of dentistry in India

In this video, Sydney from Minnesota tells about all of the dental work she got while on vacation in India, and how happy she is with her experience. 

This patient named Sydney Evans aged 54 years, came to us from USA, Minnesota. She had lost her multiple teeth over a period of time as a result of chronic decay and periodontal disease and lack of treatment because of cost of dental work in UNITED STATES. She was wearing removable partial dentures when she came to us which were troubling her a lot and she was unable to eat or chew anything properly because of that.
We did her thorough required clinical and radiographic examination. We also did her DENTASCAN to assess her bone volume and level for the purpose of placement of dental implants. We planned her entire case thoroughly and started with her scaling and root planning treatment. We cleaned her whatever natural teeth we wanted to retain with ultrasonic scaler and also did her gum disinfection with soft tissue diode laser. After the preliminary therapy, we did her root canal treatment of the teeth that were pulpally involved because of decay. After we finished this, we removed her teeth which could not be saved and placed NOBEL BIOCARE ACTIVE implants to replace her missing teeth. She had a compromised bone at many of the places as a result of which we had to do ridge split and bone grafting procedures in few areas of the mouth. We also did her bilateral open sinus lift and bone garfting in the upper jaw as she had quite a significant amount of bone loss in her upper jaw beacuse her teeth were removed long back.

After, these preliminary procedures, we gave her removable partial dentures in the areas of missing teeth and sent her back home and called her after six months to finish her case. She somehow could not come after six months but she came back to us after almost one year for the completion of her case.

We placed Ziconia crowns from 3M LAVA over the top of her implants and gave her the same crowns for other root canal treated teeth as well. This time when she came, she was very happy and looked healthier as she was able to eat without pain in her teeth after a long time.

We finished the case and sent the patient back home happy and smiling. Many such national international patients come to us from all parts of the world. They either get referred to us OR they check directly on the internet. They get motivated by our client testimonials and recommendations. Dental and medical tourism is very popular nowadays and we are the pioneers and leaders in dental tourism in India. India is getting a lot of these patients. Dental treatment especially is very expensive overseas and majority of the insurance plans do not cover dental treatment. People get motivated to come here as lot of Indian doctors are working overseas and they carry good reputation. The quality of care provided to the patients is the same as available overseas and exactly same materials and techniques are being used. We use the same sterilization techniques, same branded international dental products to treat out patients. We specialize in doing dental implants, laser dentistry, cosmetic dentistry , comprehensive full mouth rehabilitation, single visit root canal treatment, bone grafting, periodontal procedures, computer guided implant surgeries using NOBELGUIDE , visible and invisible braces, clear aligners, lingual braces, preventive, interceptive and curative orthodontic treatment, preventive dentistry for children including sealant applications, orthographic surgeries, cleft lip and palate cases partial and complete dentures, crowns and bridges both routine and CAD/CAM metal free, gum grafts, porcelain veneers, inlays and onlays, laser gum de-pigmentation, laser gum re-contouring, laser periodontal therapy, post and core procedures, telescopic dentures, over-dentures, bar dentures, BPS dentures, implant hybrid dentures, all comprehensive oral surgical procedures including open and closed fracture reductions, removal of cysts and tumors from oral cavity, apicaectomies, frenectomies and so on. We have got a complete team of dental specialists working with us from premier institutes of India like AIIMS AND PGIMER.

Conclusion

Organizing dental implants in India, or any other dental treatment, can be a daunting task. You do need to consider a few more details than if you were having treatment in the US, but the savings can really make the effort worthwhile.

Some larger airports in the US have direct flights to India, so can be relatively easy and convenient to get there. Once in India and waiting for your dental work to be completed, there is plenty to keep you occupied, and you needn’t spend a fortune on accommodation, food and entertainment.

If you’re still undecided about visiting a dentist in India, check out our dental tourism guide for information on other popular destinations for dental care abroad. Hungary and Poland both have a very good reputation for dentistry, while Turkey and Spain are good choices for a dental holiday.

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Sources

CareerIndia: Top 15 Dental Colleges In India By Outlook. Consulted 10th July 2019.

US Passport Service Guide: India visa guide. Consulted 6 August 2019.

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